Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) hosts the president of Central African Republic, Faustin Archangel Touaderain

“If the presidents, as supreme commanders and leaders of the nation, decide to deploy the base, then our countries will carry it out,” Central African Republic Defense Minister Marie-Noelle Koyara said.Read More →

Russia and the Central African Republic Intergovernmental Agreement on Military Cooperation

Security Council’s 15-member Central African Republic CAR sanctions committee agreed last month to Russia’s request to send the 60 additional instructors, provided they coordinate with CAR’s U.N. peacekeeping mission. Russia’s foreign ministry defended its actions in a statement against what it said was “a certain ‘jealousy’” by other foreign powers over Russia’s role in CAR.

“We believe this kind of position to be counter-productive, particularly in the current context, when constructive cooperation of all international ‘players’ and not competition or ‘zero-sum games’ is urgently called for,” it said. Read More →

Central African Republic - CAR

When Central African Republic (CAR) pleaded for help last year to fight marauding militias, former colonial ruler France offered guns it had seized off Somalia. But Russia objected and donated its own weapons instead. “We presented our problem and Russia offered to help us, subject to Security Council approval,” said Albert Yaloke Mokpeme, CAR’s presidential spokesman. “If peace is restored tomorrow in CAR, I think everyone will be happy.”Read More →